VIDEONew project management articles published on the web during the week of February 1 – 7. And this week’s video is Survivorman Les Stroud and his buddy Bob with a deep woods harmonica duet.
Suzanne Lucas summarizes recent research into what make us appear to be stupid. Three behaviors dominated – and you can change your behavior!
John Goodpasture gets us back to the numerical basics of counting, measuring, and positioning. Elegant + simple = profound.
Michael Wood provides a comprehensive introduction to ethics, as it applies to project management. With lots of links to excellent topical content! Established Methods
Mark Langley, CEO of the Project Management Institute, advises CFO’s on how to optimize project portfolio management in their organization.
Glen Alleman notes that the first step in estimating work to be done is simple research: has this been done before?
Harry Hall describes the Nominal Group Technique for risk identification.
Steven Levy reminds us that optimizing our designs for use is more important than optimizing them to prevent abuse.
Bob Tarne presents another idea from Change by Design: experimenting.
Nick Pisoni attacks some lingering false assumptions related to use of hard data to assess project performance. Agile Methods
Johanna Rothman contrasts the Burndown and Burnup charts, to make the point that what matter is what action the data drives you to take.
Richard DeFrancesco adds flow and Cycle Time charts from Lean to Burn Up charts, to help his team better visualize work completed and in progress.
Bernd Schiffer wants us to view retrospectives as an investment, that pays off over time.
Derek Huether promotes his three favorite Agile apps for the iPhone.
Nilesh Shah enumerates the Seven Sins of Scrum. Applied Leadership
Cameron Conaway notes that silos have a function; eliminating them altogether might be counter-productive.
Susanne Madsen shares some advice for forming and managing geographically distributed teams.
Liane Davey offers some ideas for moving from argument and confrontation to collaboration.
Art Petty recommends we widen our field of view, especially when developing strategy.
The Clever PM opines that the true test of our values comes when face adversity.
Deb Schaffer recaps the steps to putting together a project team. Pot Pouri
Danielle Kohler begins an interview series with IT recruiter extraordinaire, Gail Rolls on how to success in a job interview.
Elizabeth Harrin advises new folks – especially young women – what behaviors will help them be taken seriously at work.
Shikha Menwal observes the inverse relationship between “busy” and “productive.”
Mathieu Noiville points us toward five excellent project management blogs.
Bruce Harpham recommends 16(!) podcasts for career development, project management, and more.
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VIDEONew project management articles published on the web during the week of January 25 – 31. And this week’s video, in memory of Paul Kantner, who passed away on January 28: Wooden Ships, live in 1988.
Corinne Purtill reports on a new study that indicates high-powered individuals working in a group can be less effective than a second-tier team. They spend as much energy on competition as on collaboration.
Esther Derby tells us how to collect and present both quantitative and qualitative data and present it for use in problem-solving meetings. This article is a keeper!
Ian Whittingham helps us apply attentiveness principles and an understanding of our cognitive biases in order to improve our information gathering. Established Methods
Debasis Roy proposes adding task importance as a weight to measuring progress against our project plan.
Lynda Bourne notes that, since project risk management depends on historical data, we need to assess whether old data is still dependable.
Harry Hall gives us a tutorial on the process of identifying risks.
Cesar Abeid interviews Gary McGugan on change management. Just 47 minutes, safe for work.
Elise Stevens interviews William Peg on the fine points of managing procurement through contracts. Just 28 minutes, safe for work.
Nick Pisano argues that it is time for technology decision makers to replace “tools” thinking with “data” thinking. Agile Methods
Martin Abbott and Mike Fisher describe the pros and cons of an Agile Organization, using Spotify as an illustrative case.
Daniel Zacarias explains his strategy for dealing with stakeholders who want things done their way: focus on alignment with the organization’s strategy.
Mike Cohn reviews the Start Doing / Stop Doing / Continue Doing approach to a Sprint retrospective.
Vyom Bharadwaj provides a short description of a product backlog and what items it might contain.
Shane Vaz breaks down the steps to replace a traditional project delivery method with Scrum. Applied Leadership
Lisa McLeod retrieves key points on how some leaders exude “presence” from Suzanne Bates’ forthcoming book, “All the Leader You Can Be.”
Elizabeth Harrin reviews “The Confidence Effect,” by Grace Killelea. If you read Elizabeth’s book, “Overcoming Imposter Syndrome,” this is an excellent follow-up.
Art Petty enumerates the steps to take in leading your peers.
Lindsey Patterson explores good practice in setting expectations early, so employees can be confident that they are delivering what you want.
John Goodpasture wants us to get past the stupid question, in order to provide information that the questioner actually needs. Pot Pouri
Nick Heath updates us on how Amazon is using ever larger numbers of robots in pursuit of their goal to reduce order fulfillment time to 30 minutes.
Brendan Toner reviews My Life Organized, a hierarchical task manager with an interesting “do this next” algorithm and a Getting Things Done interface.
Jonathan Buckley describes some of the biases found in Big Data analytics.
Erika Anderson describes a process to decide what skill to work on next.
Ted Devine advises contingent workers: the contract is key to your success!
Johanna Rothman shares a few questions that help assess the culture of a company – valuable in our job search.
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VIDEONew project management articles published on the web during the week of January 18 – 24, and we’re just sittin’ on top of the world. Recommended:
Aaron Smith identifies ten strategy execution trends that will impact the way we manage projects in 2016.
Bruce Harpham retrieves six principles for success from Ashlee Vance’s biography of Elon Musk. If you’re going to admire a billionaire, this might be the guy.
John Goodpasture analyzes the idea that we should make mistakes early and often. Not all mistakes are created equal! Established Methods
Aaron Smith summarizes three critical questions posed by Patrick Stroh, author of “Advancing Innovation,” to assess which ideas are worth pursuing.
Henny Portman reviews “Executive Sponsor Research Report,” from The Standish Group.
Glen Alleman describes capabilities-based planning, for software-intensive systems to be built for government customers, using Agile methods.
Gene Gendel points out the limitations of Red-Amber-Green status reporting.
Harry Hall details the operational risk management plan and the various sources of operational risk.
Ryan Ogilvie examines the part of IT that faces the customer, the service request system, from both the customer perspective and the IT perspective.
Women Testers Magazine for January 2016 is available for download. Not just for women and not just for testers – highly recommended. Agile Methods
Renee Troughton considers a critical question for hiring a Scrum Master: what is the minimum viable Agilist?
Mike Cohn addresses the rationale behind the frequent question, “Does a Scrum team need a retrospective every sprint?”
Vikram Singh describes the most common methods used to gauge the level of effort required for each story in sprint planning.
Bart Gerardi describes the role of the Agile executive in changing the organization’s culture.
Kaushik Saha analyzes Kanban as a queue, using Little’s Law. Applied Leadership
Elizabeth Harrin interviews Sarah Coleman, co-author of “Project Leadership.”
Cesar Abeid interviews Don Smith, “The Speech Wiz,” on the life and career value of developing your public speaking and communication skills. Just over an hour, safe for work.
Liane Davey explains how to create a sense of accountability in the people who report to you.
Kailash Awati shares his presentation on improving decision-making in situations with high ambiguity, using IBIS notation for issue mapping. About 48 minutes, safe for work.
Art Petty notes that leading drains the spirit, and offers some ideas on how to refuel.
Gina Abudi proposes creation of a team charter, articulating the purpose, mission, and goals of the team. Other
Jamie Condliffe lists the 25 most popular passwords, gleaned from over two million stolen and leaked on the internet.
Thor Olavsrud reports on efforts to apply artificial intelligence to problems where not all of the information is visible. For example: Heads-up No-limit Texas Hold ’em poker.
Brad Rach extols the virtues of a paper notebook. His choice: Moleskine.
Johanna Rothman shares a few tips on the process of writing.
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